Gautam Gambhir Highlights The Biggest Difference Between MS Dhoni And Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore has been the unluckiest team in IPL history.
Though RCB has been hailed as the favorites due to their power-packed batsmen including the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, however, their bowling department has always led to their downfall. In fact, RCB couldn’t even qualify for the playoffs in the past two seasons and finished last in the previous season of IPL. All of this has led to several changes in the captaincy style of Virat Kohli.
Recently, former KKR skipper and two-time IPL winner Gautam Gambhir highlighted some of the differences why RCB hasn’t been successful so far in IPL. Talking about the same on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show, Gambhir said:
“What Virat Kohli has said, when you are happy with your squad as a captain, you would have already planned which playing XI you want to play. If you are satisfied, then the calmness also comes along. Because there are times that you do not come to know your best XI in the entire tournament and that is why you make a lot of changes,”
“I still feel that RCB look a little batting-heavy. But one thing that you will see a little different is that the bowlers will be happy because they will not have to play 7 matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.”
While Chennai Super Kings is one of the most successful teams in IPL history, having won the title three times, on the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore has not been able to get their hands on the trophy even once.
Further in the interview, Gautam Gambhir also pointed out the difference between the captaincy style of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. He wants RCB to persist with its players for 6-7 games to give them consistency, just like how MS Dhoni persists with his players. He said:
“The biggest difference between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni is that MS Dhoni persists with his players for 6-7 matches. If you see RCB’s trend, they make changes very quickly because they have a doubt that their playing XI does not have a proper balance.”
“So I would want to see from RCB that even if the start is not good, they should persist with their playing XI and give them 6-7 matches. Because then only the players will give you performances and not if you give one or two matches. So if Virat Kohli has calmness in his mind that this is the most balanced squad, the important thing will be how they perform and how much he persists with these players.”
Meanwhile Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore will kickstart their IPL 2020 journey with a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21st September at the Dubai International Stadium.